Swan Song

This probably won’t come as a huge surprise but Sprout decided the stresses and strains of a world about to be torn apart by war (yet again) really wasn’t for her. Instead she packed her backpacks and headed off to join the Darkmoon Faire. Wrapped in purples, conjuring shadows for curious passers by who stand and watch for a moment before hurrying off to the safety of the firelight might not the life she imagined for herself but as long as she doesn’t stray in the woods, at least she knows she’ll see what passes for dawn on the Darkmoon Isle.

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Yep, I’ve stopped playing WoW. There are many reasons why. In the next few months I’m starting a new job, we’re buying a new house (the exact one is not yet decided but it will probably need work on it) and in the autumn I’m starting another degree course (part-time because I haven’t totally lost it). My new job whilst masquerading as a 9 to 5 will be more than that, given that it’s all about helping those who need it the most. The house will cut our daily journey to work but not entirely as we’re going seaside idyll over inner city streets and studying as I want the first I narrowly let slip through my drunken partied out fingers the first time around will take effort and dedication.

Of course it’s not that simple, a girl still needs relaxation and had my long lasting love affair with WoW still been as strong as it was at the beginning then this post wouldn’t have been necessary. Whilst I’ve loved certain aspects of Mists, other bits have pushed me away as hard as green fronds caught in a first date’s teeth before you sit down to dinner and now, when free time is so precious to me, I don’t want to spend it getting frustrated in battlegrounds or grinding dailies for a few more points. Instead I intend to paint, to cook, to draw, to sew, to read, to walk by the sea and to ride. I’m sure there will be other games, I’m tempted by Guild Wars 2 just for a casual look and Candy Crush is firmly ensconced on my phone. I’m also excited by the thought of Dragon Age III and maybe curiosity will push me back to WoW at some point. I even have a secret hankering for board games.

As for my blog, well it’s been a blast. My intention once the aforementioned house is a reality is to return to blogging about crafts and cooking and random things which catch my magpie eyes. The title of said blog may mention Harpies and possibly even nests because you can’t change your nature. In the meantime, I doubt this one will remain completely silent (leopard spots and all) and I even have some weird idea about finding the time to finish all the posts stuck in my drafts folder.

Of course I won’t be disappearing completely as I need something to do in my lunch hour and so, I’ll still be popping up now and then and posting random drivel disguised as comments on your blogs! The bald truth is without the community, I’d never have lasted as long as I did so thank you <3

 

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14 Responses

  1. Best of luck to you, and I will be sure to keep an eye out for Sprout whenever I visit the Faire. Thanks for all of your amazing writing, and I hope everything goes wonderfully with the new job/house/school!

  2. Good luck with your new job and your new house and all. :)
    I’ll be happy to see the crafts and cooking and whatnot whenever you have the time to post them.

  3. I’ve been hoping to hear from you! I hope you enjoy your new job. New homes are an ongoing work in progress that is for sure.

    I can’t wait to see new craft projects like the wonderful Druid Tree so I’ll keep checking and tell Sprout hi for me!

  4. I’m sorry that I discovered your blog too late to really get to know you. Good luck in all your future projects! Feel free to keep updating with non-WoW stuff too. :)

  5. Best of luck with your new job and house. I always enjoyed seeing what new crafts you had just finished but I’m sure to see you around in some form.

  6. I wish you the best of luck with the new job and finding a new home. I have really like following your blog this past half year. :)

  7. Good luck with everything :) I’ve really enjoyed your blog & am glad your not vanishing completely!

  8. We’ll miss you, but you already have me looking forward to your blogging return.

    For some reason I’m connecting palm fronds with text message auto-correction, yet I’m not often snacking on palm fronds. Is that one of those recipes you’ll be sharing in the future?

  9. There is a fire mage named Ceniza who haunts the outskirts of the Faire, trying to forget a lost love, and spends an inordinate amount of time with Rona Greenteeth –coincidence?–

    I will try to get a message to Ceniza to keep on eye out for stalwart Sprout, but it is my sense that Sprout is more than capable of taking care of herself, and it will be Ceniza who will need tending to. Fire mages are by nature, very selfish, and only think in terms of how life’s twists of fate affect them. She will be expecting you. (The Ash Witch)

    As to Mrs.Whitworth: she is looking at me so reproachfully as I scramble to clean out notes and scribbles. I can’t stand it much longer.

    /cry

  10. All the very best with all you are doing! I look forward to finding out what you’ve been up to somewhere down the road…

  11. I will miss your wonderful writing! And ofcourse, all your comments that have made me a much better gnome in battlegrounds. :)

    Good luck with the new house, job and the future – looking forward to reading all about it!

  12. Good luck and conga rats on the new beginnings. :D

  13. The nice thing about WoW is that it’ll still be there when (and if) you decide to return, just the way you left it :)

    I tried GW2 and unfortunately it wasn’t for me. My “other games” are SWTOR and LOTRO — the latter of which you can actually play for free if you want. I hope you will post about DA3 though!

  14. I somehow completely managed to miss this in the chaos last week of May Day bank holiday. I can’t say I’m surprised you’ve made the choice, after all there’s a lot of it about. Should you change your mind, there’s still a Guild spot with your name on it should you ever want it.

    I look forward to being updated with whatever you decide to play in he future. Needless to say, you will be very much missed xxx

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